Geology

Bachelor of Science

If you’re looking for a career where you can use the newest sophisticated technology for problem-solving detective work—and at high starting salaries, this may be the program for you. Whether you see yourself working on environmental projects, helping communities survive earthquakes and floods, or finding sustainable ways for future generations to benefit from natural resources, a geology degree will give you an excellent foundation for a great career.

Geology majors tend to have a curiosity about the natural world. Many geology students enjoy the outdoors. Some prefer a laboratory environment. Geology is a field with faster-than-average job growth outlook and high average salaries.

The KU Geology program provides the practical field experience needed to succeed as a career geologist. The course requirements are designed to parallel the subjects on the Professional Geologist licensing exam. As a Geology major you’ll have plenty of options for one-on-one research projects as well as off-campus internships. Research projects are designed to pull together knowledge from many different courses, resulting in a comprehensive worldview. Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and explore.

Additionally, the student-led Geology Club makes frequent trips to fossil localities, mineral collecting quarries, and museums. The club has traveled to Costa Rica and Peru to see volcanoes and beaches; to West Virginia to go white water rafting, to Arizona to see the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and to Kentucky for caving.  

Sample Career Options

  • Engineering geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Wellsite geologist
  • Teacher

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BS in Geology
    1. Graduating students will be able to accurately describe/represent geologic features and structures from remotely-sensed and/or limited data.
    2. Graduating students will be able to accurately describe/represent geologic and/or environmental conditions from available geological data.
    3. Graduating students will be able to accurately describe/represent environmental and/or process change from available geological data.
    4. Graduating students will be proficient in relevant technical skills (e.g. Data Processing, Geophysical Exploration, Field Mapping). 

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